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  1. #1
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    Default Think I found a Royal Irish Constabulary carbine!

    Picked this up over the weekend & I think it is a RIC carbine.
    Here's a few pics and what I think. But since this is out of my
    normal area of collecting, I'd like some comments on this rifle
    like is it what I think it is and what else should I look at.
    The rifle overall appears complete except the sling swivel is missing from
    the butt & the front endcap appear to have a portion (bay lug?) ground off.
    Overall very dirty & dark with some pitting at the wood line.
    Bolt, rcvr, & barrel match. I didn't see serial #s on any other parts.
    Bore is dirty but rifling appear decent. There is a rectangular patch
    on the underside of the forearm and the handguard has cracks in front
    & back, but is complete. All screws appear to be there and "unbuggered".
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails wrist.jpg   muzzle.jpg   right side.jpg   RIC butt.jpg   forearm.jpg  

  2. #2
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    Actually quite a good example apart from the rust.
    The but swivel is the same as an MLE and the end cap is similar so not impossible to find - just difficult.
    The patch under the forearm is part of the conversion process.

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    The nose cap is also the same as for the Martini Enfield.


    A little cleaning up and some linseed oil and......






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    21 Jan. 2010
    1:15pm

    Nice find. It is indeed an RIC carbine. I wouldn't worry about the cracks in the handguard. Many if not most of them have that. The "patch" on the underside of the foreend is a factory-installed fill where the mid-band retaining spring used to be when the old girl was still a cavalry carbine (see attached pic). All told, I'd be pleased, if I were you.

    Coggansfield
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    Last edited by coggansfield; 01-22-2010 at 11:22 AM.

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    Looks like a fine example! If you're seeing pitting at the wood line, you'll want to take the forestock off and have a look, as these have a bit of a tendency towards rust under the wood.
    "If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." --- Samuel Adams

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    Thanks for the input guys. I am going to take it apart to
    check under the wood. Any advice on dissassembly?
    Also, I'd like to gently clean the wood up some.
    Is Murphy's soap oil OK?

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    The only issue I've run into with mine is that the forward trigger guard screw is still staked, so I left it as is. Disassembly is pretty straightforward, just remove the screws. I've never personally tried Murphy's, but others have reported that it works fine...just remember to go as gently as possible, and NO sandpaper.
    "If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." --- Samuel Adams

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